Poached eggs with spinach and hash browns is simple comfort food perfect for Groundhog's Day
Mary Bilyeu | Contributor
Instead, I'm inspired by two sources for today's simple but comforting recipe that would be great for a breakfast, light lunch or supper.
For starters, we must honor Punxsutawney Phil, whether he sees his shadow or not. According to Animal Planet, "groundhogs go wild for succulent green plants." Well, spinach is one of the most vividly green vegetables there is, with many nutrients and fabulous flavor no matter how it's served.
And then, of course, there's the Bill Murray movie "Groundhog Day," in which the main character lives the same day over and over again until he has learned some necessary lessons. He is redeemed as he purges himself of his narcissism, realizing that others have needs and learning to contribute to — rather than only take from — the universe.
How this character and his repetitive, self-absorbed existence relate to poached eggs, spinach and hash browns is an inside joke which I'm not going to explain; but trust me — today is the day to serve this dish.
These items combine to make a really delicious meal that is a testament to the beauty of what can be accomplished with just a few simple ingredients, as long as they're well chosen. There's no need for rich sauces, cheese, bacon or other accoutrements; this is perfect just as it is.
Poached Eggs with Spinach and Hash Browns
4 tablespoons light olive oil
2 cups frozen shredded potatoes
generous pinch of sea salt
Heat the oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add the potatoes and press down to make a flat layer. Cook for 5 minutes, carefully flip the potatoes (it's okay to flip them in sections then press them back together), then cook for another 5 minutes until both sides are golden.
3 cups water
2 teaspoons cider vinegar
2 large eggs
1 large garlic clove, minced
4 cups baby spinach leaves
pinches of sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
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The phrase "You Should Only Be Happy" (written in Hebrew on the stone pictured in this post) comes from Deuteronomy 16:15 and is a wish for all her readers - when you come to visit here, may you always be happy.